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Cities critical to climate, Wellington tells Govt

26 May 20 - One of the country's largest local authorities says the Government 's plans for urban development are at odds with its programme for combatting climate change.

Government goes for silence on ETS

Photo Credit: The Spinoff

19 May 20 - The Government will make no announcements about changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme until after surrender date on May 31.

Everybody hold hands and get on with it, says SBC

Mike Burrell

18 May 20 - The Sustainable Business Council is calling for aa cross-party consensus over the spending of covid-19 pandemic recovery money on decarbonising the economy.


14 May 20 - The Government's plans for urban development are at odds with its programme for dealing with climate change, says Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Don't force us to disclose, says business lobby

11 May 20 - Businesses should not be forced to disclose their exposure to risks from climate change, Business New Zealand says.

ETS faces biggest overhaul in 10 years

5 May 20 - The biggest overhaul of the Emissions Trading Scheme since it was gutted in 2010 is back before Parliament.

Slow farmers might be forced into ETS

5 May 20 - Farmers might be forced into the Emissions Trading Scheme before 2025 if they fail to make sufficient progress towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Delay ETS changes for a year, say Nats

5 May 20 - The National Party wants changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme put on hold for a year, citing economic uncertainty caused by the covid-19 pandemic.

Fast-track projects get nod from business and greenies

4 May 20 - Plans to fast-track some covid-19 recovery projects through the Resource Management Act are winning approval from business and environmentalists.

RMA welcomes back greenhouse gas emissions

30 Apr 20 - Greenhouse gas emissions are set to come back into the Resource Management Act, making it compulsory for councils to consider climate change in granting resource consents.

What we do now with the economy is crucial

28 Apr 20 - The actions governments take now to stimulate their economies in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic will either slow or exacerbate climate change, international experts say.

Govt cans changes to electricity factor

28 Apr 20 - The Government is shelving plans to review the way electricity costs are calculated in deciding how many free carbon credits should be given to industry.

ClimCom to review our Paris emissions target

James Shaw

23 Apr 20 - New Zealand seems set to increase its Paris Agreement emissions reduction target.

Act before public gets angry, warns Z head

Mike Bennetts

17 Apr 20 - The Government has two months to get emissions reductions into covid-19 economic recovery plans before the public starts getting angry and demanding a return to the way things were, says Z Energy...

Upton raises moratorium on new coal mines

Simon Upton

15 Apr 20 - Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton says New Zealand should be thinking about a moratorium on new coal mines.

ClimCom sees greening bonus from pandemic plans

Rod Carr

14 Apr 20 - The Climate Change Commission is calling on the Government to use its covid-19 recovery plan to kick-start the country’s decarbonisation and says reform of the Emissions Trading Scheme should...

Govt: Transport spending must cut emissions

7 Apr 20 - Decisions about transport infrastructure must line up with the Paris Agreement – and that means people living and working in the same area and almost zero emissions from vehicles, the Government says.

Submissions reveal support for disclosure

7 Apr 20 - Plans to make companies disclose their climate risk have widespread support, if submissions are anything to go by.

Taxing oil and gas fields could work, says Upton

Simon Upton

6 Apr 20 - Taxing oil and gas exploration and strengthening the Emissions Trading Scheme could be more effective ways of cutting greenhouse gas emissions than banning exploration, the Parliamentary Commissioner...

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